University of Missouri

Missouri football team loses two players, gains a commitment

Quarterback Eddie Printz (9), who was a redshirt sophomore last season, plans to graduate from Missouri in May and seek a transfer, the university announced Wednesday.
Quarterback Eddie Printz (9), who was a redshirt sophomore last season, plans to graduate from Missouri in May and seek a transfer, the university announced Wednesday. skeyser@kcstar.com

Two players have left the Missouri football program, but the Tigers gained a new recruit and officially retained another on a busy Wednesday.

MU associate athletic for strategic communications Chad Moller confirmed that quarterback Eddie Printz, who was a redshirt sophomore last season, planned to graduate in May and would seek a transfer.

Printz, who should be eligible immediately at his new school as a graduate-student transfer, will not participate in Missouri’s spring football.

He only attempted one pass in his Tigers career, an incompletion at Toledo during the 2014 season.

Printz — a Marietta, Ga., native, who was ranked 32nd among pro-style quarterbacks in the 2013 recruiting class by Rivals — and Marvin Zanders, who was a redshirt freshman last fall, were listed as the co-backup quarterbacks behind freshman Drew Lock after Maty Mauk’s suspension.

Printz’s departure leaves Missouri with only three scholarship quarterbacks, including Lock and Zanders.

The third quarterback, Mauk, who was a redshirt junior last season and was suspended for the final eight games, was suspended indefinitely for the third time in four months Monday after a two-year old video surfaced on Twitter in which he is seen snorting a white powdery substance off a coffee table.

Moller also confirmed that offensive lineman Mike Fairchild, a Blue Valley West graduate who just finished his redshirt freshman season, had left the program to concentrate on academics.

Fairchild is a mechanical engineering major.

Missouri added a junior college wide receiver, Dominic Collins from Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo, Calif.

Collins is the 17th known commitment in the 2016 recruiting class and the first who’s expected to play wide receiver.

Collins is a 6-foot-2, 175-pound prospect who led the Gauchos with 78 receptions for 1,299 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. He racked up seven 100-yard receiving games in 13 games.

Finally, Missouri also kept Webb City offensive lineman Trystan Castillo in the fold. He announced that he would honor the oral commitment he gave the Tigers last April in a video Wednesday on YouTube.

Castillo — a 6-foot-4, 280-pound Rivals three-star prospect, who is rated as the No. 9 player in Missouri and the No. 37 offensive guard in the nation — recently visited Iowa State and Minnesota.

Tod Palmer: 816-234-4389, @todpalmer

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